Height: 15-30cm (6-12in)
Planting: distance 20-25cm (8-10in)
Features:spring to summer
Site: sun or partial shade
From the familiar wild daisy come several bigger, brighter, garden varieties which are ideal for edging flowerbeds or mixing with other plants in window boxes and containers. They have white, pink or red, mop-like flowers borne in profusion from late spring to mid summer on 10-20cm (4-8in) high. The loose rosettes of Bellis perennis ‘Bright Carpet Mixed’ evergreen form a dense carpet on the ground.
These popular varieties are all developed from Bellis perennis.
‘Bright Carpet Mixed’ has small, double, red, white and rose blooms] ‘Goliath’ has large, double blooms in shades of red, salmon-pink, pink, and white.
‘Habanera’ is early flowering and has large, double blooms with long, graceful petals. Flowers come in shades of red, rose and pink together with white.
‘Pomponette’ produces a mass of very small, double flowers in reds, pinks and whites.
Sowin early summer in shallow drills in an outdoor seedbed. Thin, then transplant to the flowering site in early autumn, setting the plants 15-25cm (6-10in) apart. Ordinary garden soil, in sun or partial shade, is suitable.
When they flower the following summer, deadhead to prevent self-seeding.
Pests and diseases: Trouble free.